Brett Bial, a sophomore from Marblehead, Massachusetts, is one of our Chapter's 2016 scholarship recipients. Brett is studying communications at University Park and plans to apply to the advertising program. He spent his first year on campus in Sproul Hall in East Halls. He's an avid Penn State hockey and lacrosse fan, but in true New England fashion, Brett roots for the Patriots when he's not watching Penn State football. Brett is currently searching for advertising-focused internships in Boston, so please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any ideas that we can pass along to him! Brett is pictured here on the right at THON with his older brother, Bing.
Brett took a few minutes out of his packed schedule to help us learn a little more about him:
Where is your favorite place to study on campus and why?
My favorite place to study on campus is in the stacks, which are in the library. Everyone gets their own personal desk, and it is always quiet, which makes studying bearable.
What is your favorite State College shop or restaurant and why?
The Waffle Shop is the best breakfast in State College. It never disappoints. The best restaurant for dinner is Primanti Bros. Their Crispy Chicken Sandwich is unbeatable, and their onion rings are colossal.
What is your favorite Penn State sports memory from your freshman year and why?
My favorite Penn State sports memory from freshman year was the "stripe out" against Rutgers. It was the first time PSU had ever done (a "stripe out"), and we won the game against the team who wanted to be our "rivals". I will never forget the atmosphere in Beaver Stadium that night.
What is the most important thing you learned during your first year?
The most important thing to do is get involved. Whether you join a THON committee, a club, or Greek life, everything that you do will connect you with people, and that is the easiest way to make friends.
Which class are you most enjoying or which class are you most looking forward to taking this year?
My favorite class is sociology. It's a lecture with 750 students, but every single person in the room is consistently impacted by our professor, Sam Richards. The class is about race relations, and it has truly opened my eyes in a way that I never thought was possible.